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Indie Films Need A Good Crew
Has the idea of being an indie filmmaker ever appealed to you? Indie filmmakers are independent filmmakers. These films are not produced in a major film studio. Instead a lot of hard work and planning goes into making an indie film a reality. There are a few steps you can take to become an indie filmmaker.
The crew is the first start of an indie film. Consider using students for your film so you don’t have to pay employees. The film students will be grateful for the chance to build on their film reel. Also students can bring in a fresh new look and creative eye to the filmmaking process. Be sure to avoid lawsuits by making sure your students are actually in school. Ask for your unpaid film interns to provide proof of school attendance.
It’s essential to have a team who is invested emotionally and cares about your project. Your team can work together to create the movie idea. You might need to have more than one brainstorming session with your team to create the idea for your indie film. This meeting can be a great idea for allowing crew members to express their thoughts and concerns regarding the film.
After you have chosen your genre and type of movie you can begin to hammer out the details. The screenplay will need to get broken down. Examining the screenplay page-by-page line-by-line lets you see if creating this film is a viable reality. Oftentimes you will find out an inspiring movie idea is too far out of your budget.
Speaking of budgets, where will you get your budget to make your indie film? Going online for funding can be a great resource. There are different websites and companies you can use for free to request online funding from your friends and family members. Consider making a preview for your movie. You can make a preview before making the film. The preview will be a great moment to showcase your filmmaking skills and grab the audience’s attention. When you keep the previous short it’s more likely to get shared online and watched by other people.
When beginning the filming process make sure you and your crew agree to a schedule. Successful Indie filmmakers have meticulous organization. Unexpected challenges are sure to rise while you’re making your film. When you have explicit planning it’ll be easier to keep your priorities aligned.
You also need to have a strict budget. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up making unnecessary purchases. Hold yourself accountable and stick with your budget. Of course you will need to make exceptions in certain situations. It is almost impossible to create an indie film without having to go over budget at some point. Just make sure that you are budgeting where you can budget and when an unexpected expense arises you will have extra money to help cover it.